4 Major Challenges of Remote Working

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During the times of a global crisis such as the recent COVID – 19 outbreak, work from home, (WFH) as it is commonly abbreviated, has become a norm. The intensity has aggravated after national leaders of almost every country have declared a complete lockdown. If you look at the IT industry in India, then according to the Business Insider Report, about 18-20 lakh employees are expected to work from home. This has caused managers and their subordinates to work from outside the office for an indefinite period.

Although companies often mention the policies guiding work-from-home in their contracts, they do not provide extensive training to make employees comfortable when such a situation arises. This article throws light on how managers can deal effectively with their remote employees and keep the company on a steady pedestal.

4 Major Challenges of Remote Working

1. Difficulty in retrieving information

Lack of access to information is one of the biggest challenges of remote working. When a few or all members work as a geographically dispersed team, they find it difficult to:

● distribute information evenly
● access information at the same time
● communicate the context of the information
● comprehend the information
● decipher the meaning of silence


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2. Not able to meet with your coworkers

Remote working is a good option for working parents, pregnant women, freelancers, or at times of crisis. But if it stretches for a longer period, it can seriously affect the productivity of your employees, especially of those who like to work in an office setting. Harvard Business Review research has shown that loneliness hits hard on those people who like to work in a collaborative environment. They often feel left out. They feel less belonging to their company and in worst cases can even think of quitting it.

3. No face-to-face interaction

As social animals, visual cues are very important for us. They make communication happen easily and quickly and trigger emotions to better understand the matter at hand. But a lack of face-to-face interaction acts as a stumbling block in this process. Supervisors often worry that employees won’t put their heart and soul into their work. On the other hand, employees fret that their managers won’t provide the required help in getting their work done.

4. There are a lot of distractions while working from home

Many people have a very hunky-dory image of work-from-home. Their vivid imagination compels them to think of scenarios where they could watch their favorite shows on Netflix, eat popcorn, sip cold drinks, and work alongside. But that is far from reality. People face countless troubles while working from their home, and the situation aggravates for working parents. Taking care of children often results in missing deadlines and meetings.

At Sage, we are home to industry-leading ERP software which puts an end to the challenges mentioned above and enables your employees work-from-home with ease. To know more about it, SMS SAGE to 56767. You can also write to us at sales@sagesoftware.co.in.

 

 

Disclaimer: All the information, views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and their respective web sources and in no way reflect the principles, views or objectives of Sage Software Solutions (P) Ltd.

How ERP Facilitates WFH during COVID-19

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Companies across the world are trying to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak by encouraging their employees to maintain social distancing and formulating work from home policies. The following article throws light on how ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning, helps companies do just that.

 

What is ERP?

 

ERP is an enterprise management software that streamlines business processes. It shares information between managers, workers, executives, and different departments that brings them all to the same page. If inconsistencies are detected in a particular area it alerts all those people that are directly or indirectly affected by it. This allows the concerned authorities to take appropriate action before minor issues turn into complex problems.

 

Features of ERP system

 

  1. Helps save resources by limiting investments on multiple systems, personnel, licenses, and maintenance staff. An ERP platform takes control of all these functions and carries them out on its own.
  2. It provides a central repository of data and makes it accessible to every department. This allows for easy tracking of inter-departmental business workflows.
  3. Tracks inventory levels regularly and automatically order items from the best possible vendors.
  4. Eliminates the need for spreadsheets by generating useful data reports and analytics. This enables easy comparison of functions across different departments.
  5. Enables speedy access to client data that helps sales and customer service teams to build better relations with clients.
  6. It provides a high degree of data security. Cloud ERP systems provide data authorization to only a selected few and are managed by data security experts round the clock.
  7. Significantly improves supply chain management by shortening lead times, better inventory management, procurement, and demand forecasting.

 


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How ERP facilitates work from home during COVID-19?

 

“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.” When the world is going through the coronavirus outbreak, people have been advised to work from home. This is where ERP systems play their role. ERP systems have a remote working ability that helps geographically dispersed teams to collaborate and brainstorm. Moreover, it enables teams to buy inventory, purchase orders, share files, conduct meetings, and service client requests with the help of a mouse and a keyboard.

 

The COVID-19 outbreak has wreaked havoc on the planet. As of now, there is no vaccine available. Thus, it is advisable not to go out and expose yourself to the deadly virus. This is where we can help you. At Sage, we are home to industry-leading ERP platform that enables you to communicate with your clients proactively and help your business stay agile. To know more about them, SMS SAGE to 56767. You can also write to us at sales@sagesoftware.co.in.

 

Disclaimer: All the information, views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and their respective web sources and in no way reflect the principles, views or objectives of Sage Software Solutions (P) Ltd.